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UK Shopfitting market report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Shopfitting market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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What are the key challenges facing the industry and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Key Questions Covered

  • What is the balance between refurbishment activity and new store fit out in the UK and how is this likely to change moving forward?
  • How are retailers’ actions affecting prices in the shopfitting industry?
  • What are the prospects for new retail construction in 2017 and beyond?
  • What retail sectors will offer the strongest new business opportunities over the coming year?
  • What trends in retail store environments will affect shopfitters in the next five years?


The shopfitting market includes a wide range of products and services used in the fitting out of predominantly, but not exclusively, retail establishments. The market involves a variety of skills and products, the majority of which are also utilised in other sectors of the construction industry. These include the production and installation of:

  • internal wall cladding
  • windows and doors
  • raised access flooring
  • suspended ceilings
  • shop facias
  • signs
  • lighting
  • shelving
  • electronic point of sale equipment
  • floorcoverings
  • counters & furniture
  • dressing rooms
  • electronic display equipment
  • heating and ventilation equipment

The requirements of shopfitters depend largely on the sector involved, with specialist work often subcontracted out to non-shopfitting specialists.

Shopfitters typically offer design facilities, although specialist designers and architects who have no in-house production or installation facilities, and the work of specialist, non-shopfitting companies are beyond the confines of this report.

The following criteria are mentioned in the report:

  • bespoke/standard fittings, with bespoke fittings representing custom-made products while standard products are often available “off the shelf”
  • new build/refurbishment, with both sectors offering substantial opportunities for shopfitting companies
  • client sector, with different client sectors having vastly different requirements in terms of fitting requirements, furniture, image and decor
  • materials, which differ from sector to sector, with wood, aluminium laminates and composites the widely specified finishes in the shopfitting sector

The assessment of the market is restricted to that served by dedicated shopfitting organisations. The market size excludes retailers’ in-house work and architects and designers with no manufacturing base. The practice of sub-contracting is widespread in the market. To avoid double counting, estimates have been made concerning the original value of contracts only.

The wide range of activities involved in the shopfitting market, from integrated shopfitting contractors to interior designers, hinders a precise quantification of market value. As such, estimates of market size are strongly based on trade opinion.

All values quoted in this report are at current prices unless otherwise specified.

Company Profiles

  • Browmer & Kirkland
  • RG Carter Group
  • Hutton Construction
  • ISG
  • Morris & Spottiswood
  • Overbury
  • Simons Group
  • Simpson (York)
  • Styles & Wood Group

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Terry Leggett, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

There was belief prior to the recession that the increased frequency of store refurbishments in what remains an intensely competitive retail sector had broken the highly cyclical nature of the shopfitting sector. This proved overly optimistic as large retail chains delayed the roll out of refurbishment programmes in uncertain economic conditions. Now faced with uncertainties surrounding the Brexit outcome, further short-term disruption to the shopfitting market is expected. Terry Leggett
Senior B2B Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: UK market for shopfitting, 2013-17
        • Figure 2: UK market for shopfitting forecast 2018-22
        • Figure 3: Structure of retail industry, by employment size band, 2017
        • Figure 4: Structure of retail industry, by turnover, 2017
      • Market factors
        • Figure 5: New retail construction in the private sector, 2013-17 actual and 2018-2022 forecast
        • Figure 6: Predominantly food retail sales by size of business, 2013-17
        • Figure 7: Predominantly non- food retail sales by size of business, 2013-17
      • Companies
        • What we think
        • Key Issues

            • How are major shopfitters gaining client loyalty?
              • What is the relationship between new build and refurbishment activity?
                • How is Brexit likely to affect the market?
                • Introduction

                  • Issues in the market
                    • Definitions
                      • Methodology
                        • Abbreviations
                          • Market positioning
                            • The supplier
                            • UK Economy

                              • Overview
                                • Figure 8: Forecast GDP development 2017-21
                                • Figure 9: UK GDP quarterly development, 2004-17
                              • Inflation
                                • House prices
                                  • Figure 10: UK House price changes, 2006-17
                                • Interest rates
                                  • Consumer spending
                                    • Manufacturing
                                      • Figure 11: UK manufacturing, 2014-17
                                    • Business investment
                                      • Figure 12: UK GFCF 2003-17
                                    • Imports
                                      • Exports
                                      • Market Factors

                                          • Market factors
                                            • The economic environment and Brexit
                                                • Figure 13: Composition and progression of workplace pension contributions, 2012-17
                                              • Asset utilisation and technology
                                                • Retail structural changes
                                                  • New store construction and shopping centres
                                                  • Market Size

                                                      • Market size
                                                        • Figure 14: UK market for shopfitting, 2013-17
                                                    • Industry Structure

                                                        • Industry development
                                                          • Figure 15: Analysis of changes in the structure of the shop & office furniture manufacturing industry, 2013-17
                                                        • Structure by employment
                                                          • Figure 16: Analysis of the employment structure of the shop & office furniture manufacturing industry, 2016 and 2017
                                                        • Structure by turnover
                                                          • Figure 17: Analysis of the financial structure of the shop & office furniture manufacturing sector, 2016 and 2017
                                                      • BOWMER & KIRKLAND

                                                            • Figure 18: Financial analysis of Bowmer & Kirkland, 2012-16
                                                          • Company strategy
                                                          • R G CARTER GROUP

                                                                • Figure 19: Financial analysis of R G Carter, 2012-16
                                                              • Company strategy
                                                              • Hutton Construction

                                                                    • Figure 20: Financial analysis of Hutton Construction, 2013-17
                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                  • ISG

                                                                      • Figure 21: Financial analysis of ISG, 2012-16
                                                                      • Figure 22: Turnover segmentation of ISG, 2016
                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                    • MORRIS & SPOTTISWOOD

                                                                          • Figure 23: Financial analysis of Morris & Spottiswood, 2012-16
                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                        • Overbury

                                                                            • Figure 24: Financial analysis of Overbury, 2012-16
                                                                            • Figure 25: Turnover analysis of Overbury, 2016
                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                          • Simons Group

                                                                              • Figure 26: Financial analysis of Simons Group, 2012-16
                                                                            • Company strategy
                                                                            • Simpson (York)

                                                                                • Figure 27: Financial analysis of Simpson (York), 2012-16
                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                              • Styles & Wood Group

                                                                                    • Figure 28: Financial analysis of Styles & Wood Group, 2012-16
                                                                                    • Figure 29: Turnover analysis of Styles & Wood, 2016
                                                                                    • Figure 30: Turnover analysis of Styles & Wood, by end use, 2016
                                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                                  • Demand Structure

                                                                                      • Retail new construction activity
                                                                                          • Figure 31: New retail construction in the private sector, 2013-17 actual and 2018-2022 forecast
                                                                                        • Retail sales
                                                                                          • Figure 32: Total UK retail sales, by size of business, 2013-17
                                                                                          • Figure 33: Predominantly food retail sales by size of business, 2013-17
                                                                                          • Figure 34: Predominantly non- food retail sales by size of business, 2013-17
                                                                                          • Figure 35: Non-store retail sales, 2013-17
                                                                                      • Forecast

                                                                                          • Market size
                                                                                              • Figure 36: Forecast UK market for shopfitting, 2018-22
                                                                                          • Further Sources & Contacts

                                                                                            • Trade associations
                                                                                              • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
                                                                                                • The National Association of Shopfitters
                                                                                                  • The Shop & Display Equipment Association
                                                                                                    • Trade magazines
                                                                                                      • Building Design
                                                                                                        • Building Design & Construction
                                                                                                          • Retail Property & Development
                                                                                                            • Retail Week